The Baltimore based author Paul Valentine is a former reporter for the Washington Post. He’s just published his third novel, which takes place in rural North Carolina, two years after the death of Martin Luther King, Jr.
The protagonist, Arlis Morrow, is a white newspaper reporter who is searching for a black childhood friend he hasn’t seen for 30 years. Along the way, he encounters a cast of pretty eccentric characters that lead him to uncover disturbing facts about his family’s past. It’s a book about the large issues of race and class, in the context of a small town in the American South. It’s called The Road to Goshen Shoals. Paul Valentine joins Tom in the studio.
Paul Valentine will be speaking about his book at the Govans Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library on August 7 at 6 p.m.